Consumers don't always get what they pay for. Do you really know if your recent cannabis purchase is really Golden Goat or OG Kush? Strains are turning out to not be as specific as you may think. Recent studies on the Diversity of Cannabis have shown that strains are not that different from one another. The recent study by Jonathan Page and Sean Myles, geneticist from Dalhousie University, stated that the three species of cannabis (Sative, Indica, and Ruderalis) are more similar than expected.
Page said, "The genetic difference between marijuana and hemp has legal implications in many countries. Right now, the genetic identity of a marijuana strain cannot be accurately determined by its name or reported ancestry. Ultimately we require a practical, accurate and more reliable classification system of this plant," in an interview with International Business Times.
Consumers and researchers are in need of clear cannabis labeling and genetic testing standards. Fortunately, there are scientist and genetic researchers working on just this problem. I was lucky enough to interview one of these new breed of cannabis geneticists, at the last Healthy Headie Lifestyle event. Here is my exclusive interview. (click video below to hear audio clip)